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Cumberland defeats Red Storm 84-66

Cumberland defeats Red Storm 84-66

Posted on 01 March 2014 by Allen


Seniors TaCouya Allen and Casie Cowan both set career-highs in their final games, scoring 33 points each, and Allen added 13 rebounds, as Cumberland started quickly in both halves en route to an 84-66 victory over the University of Rio Grande in women’s basketball action here Saturday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Allen and Cowan netted 36 combined points in the first half, hitting 14-of-20 shots overall with six 3-pointers, and the club’s only two seniors kept up the good work after the break, both setting career-bests in the final minutes. Allen made 11-of-14 shots altogether and was 8-for-8 at the foul line for her 33 points, besting her previous high set earlier this year by six points. She added five assists and three steals as well.

Cowan likes playing the Red Storm, posting a career-high for the second straight meeting. She netted 31 points in Ohio in November and hit 12-of-23 field goals with four trifectas and was 5-for-7 at the foul line in the contest.

Calamity Jane Coley was the only other player in double figures for the Bulldogs, finishing with 12 points along with six rebounds, while Katie Smith grabbed seven boards before fouling out.

Brianna Thomas finished with 16 points to lead Rio Grande (18-12, 7-11), but the junior point guard has just three points in the second half. Brooke Marcum added 11 points and 13 boards for URG.

The two teams went back-and-forth in the first seven minutes, with Cowan hitting a pair of layups and Allen knocking down a 3-pointer, but Thomas had six points and Audra Clark’s bucket tied the game at 12. The Bulldogs then scored the next 12 points, with 3-pointers from Cowan bookending the run.

CU pushed the advantage to 31-17 with Allen’s second trifecta of the period and the club led 37-20 on Tasia Blue’s layup, but the Red Storm scored seven consecutive points, starting with a 3-pointer by Alexis Payne. Thomas and Clark added field goals during the mini-run, causing a timeout by Cumberland, but Cowan nailed her third 3-pointer of the half on the club’s next possession and Allen added another trifecta as well.

Coley’s layup with 1:12 remaining gave the Bulldogs a 45-31 advantage headed to the locker room. Cowan and Allen netted 36 of the team’s 45 points in the half, hitting 14-of-20 shots, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range.

Thomas posted 13 points for the Red Storm, but the rest of the club was just 7-of-24 from the field.

In the second half Cowan had three steals and three layups in the first three minutes, stretching the lead to 20, and her fourth steal and layup at the 12:16 mark made it a 59-39 contest, but the Red Storm registered a 14-4 run, including an old-fashioned 3-point play from Sarah Bonar and a trifecta by Sharday Baines. Kaylyn Gambill hit consecutive 3-pointers for Rio Grande, cutting the Bulldog lead to just 63-53 with 6:58 remaining.

Cowan answered with her final 3-pointer of the game, but Payne’s jumper at the 4:48 mark pulled URG within nine, its closest deficit since 8:42 of the first half. Allen came up with the big play this time for Cumberland, driving to the basket for the bucket and the foul.

The Red Storm got within nine once more with a Brooke Marcum steal and layup less than a minute later, but Cowan and Coley both hit layups and Allen had an old-fashioned 3-point play, putting the game away and breaking the club’s seven-game losing streak.

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Cumberland Women fall to Shawnee State 77-74

Cumberland Women fall to Shawnee State 77-74

Posted on 27 February 2014 by Allen


TaCouya Allen and Calamity Jane Coley each posted double-doubles, leading four players in double figures for Cumberland, but Alannah Sheets netted 23 points and Diane Abbady added 20 and nine boards, leading Shawnee State to a 77-74 victory here Thursday night in women’s basketball action at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Cumberland (9-16, 5-12 Mid-South) trailed the entire contest and was behind, 76-66, with two minutes to play before making a furious comeback thanks to three turnovers and two missed 1-and-1’s from the Bears (17-11, 10-7), who have won seven straight games.

Cowan Casie hit a baseline jumper off an inbounds and after Sheets hit 1-of-2 foul shots, Allen nailed her third 3-pointer of the game, making it a six-point deficit. Priscila Santos missed the front end of a 1-and-1, setting up a Cowan drive to the basket that resulted in a layup plus the foul. The senior made the free throw, making it 77-74 with 12.6 seconds remaining.

SSU’s Abby Feuchter was fouled with 6.1 seconds remaining and she also missed the first foul shot, giving CU one last chance. Cowan dribbled up the sideline and was fouled with 1.4 seconds left. The Bears were not over the limit and Cowan’s final heave front halfcourt hit the backboard but was wide right, ending the Bulldogs chance of making the conference tournament next week with the loss.

Allen finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, her seventh double-double of the season, while Coley posted 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed 11 boards, her first career double-double.

Sheets netted 22 of her 23 points in the first half, making five 3-pointers, and Abbady picked up the slack after the break, collecting 14 of her 20 in the second half. Santos added 17 points, including two jumpers at the end of the shot clock in the final seven minutes.

Cowan netted 18 points with three 3-pointers and Katie Smith added 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs.

Both teams started the game with 6-0 runs, but the first 3-pointer of the game for Sheets put the Bears ahead for good with 17:14 left in the first half. The Bulldogs pulled within 13-11 at the 15:17 mark with a trifecta from the wing by Cowan and Allen’s layup three minutes later also made it a two-point game, but Sheets nailed three straight 3-pointers as part of an 11-2 run by the Bears, giving the visitors a 28-17 advantage.

Cowan’s trifecta ended the SSU spurt and Cumberland netted six straight points – four from Coley – and trailed just 33-28 with 6:34 left in the period, but CU did not score a field goal for the next five minutes, missing six straight shots and committing four turnovers.

Shawnee State posted seven points during the dry spell for its biggest lead of the half. Cowan’s 3-pointer from the corner with 11 seconds left in the period cut the deficit to 42-33 at the break, with Coley posting 10 points and Cowan nine for the Bulldogs in the first 20 minutes. Sheets led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 7-of-14 shots overall and 5-for-9 from behind the arc.

Cumberland ends the regular season Saturday with a 2 p.m. home contest against the University of Rio Grande. Allen and Cowan will be honored along with five men’s players as part of Senior Day activities at the conclusion of the women’s game.

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Lady Bulldogs fall to Georgetown College

Lady Bulldogs fall to Georgetown College

Posted on 22 February 2014 by Allen


Georgetown College shot 75 percent from the field in the first half, building a 23-point lead during the period, and never looked back, as the eighth-ranked Tigers dominated Cumberland in a 79-43 victory here Saturday in women’s basketball action at Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium.

Calamity Jane Coley led the Bulldogs (9-15, 5-11 Mid-South) with 14 points, but Cumberland started slowly, missing open shots in the first 10 minutes. The Tigers did just the opposite (19-6, 13-4), hitting everything in sight in the opening period, and used an 18-4 run midway through the half to pull away.

The Bulldogs trailed by 19 points at the break and then made only four field goals in the second half, shooting 13 percent in the period and 23 percent overall in the contest. CU was also out-rebounded 47-26 in the game, though Georgetown missed only 21 shots, netting 60 percent for the game.

TaCouya Allen added a hard-earned 11 points for Cumberland and Casie Cowan continued her recent shooting slump, connecting on just 3-of-15 shots overall and 0-for-4 from 3-point range.

Devanny King led the Tigers with 19 points and eight rebounds and Jessica Foster added 18 points and seven boards, as the two forwards hit jump shot after jump shot from 15-to-19 feet throughout the game. The duo combined to make 17-of-25 shots overall and were the only Georgetown players in double figures.

The Tigers shot 75 percent from the field in the first half and it never really slowed down except for 10 turnovers, which led the seven CU points. Eight players scored for the home team, including eight apiece for King and Foster, who netted all eight of her points during the first five minutes of the game.

Cumberland trailed just 16-10 after Allen’s layup with 12:37 remaining in the half, but Georgetown put together an 18-4 spurt over the next six minutes, highlighted by a trio of 3-pointers from Kourtney Tyra, Mykal Farris and Andrea Howard. GC built the lead to as many as 23 points late in the period, but Allen nailed a trifecta just before the halftime buzzer and CU trailed 42-22 at the break.

Coley scored eight points for the Bulldogs, but the club shot just 31 percent from the field and was never able to stop the home team consistently. Georgetown had 13 assists on 18 made field goals in the period and hit 3-of-5 attempts from behind the arc.

It took the Bulldogs just over six minutes to finally score a field goal in the second half, on Allen’s layup, and Cumberland finished 4-of-30 from the field in the period, continually missing open looks. Georgetown made nearly all of its jump shots and stretched the lead to as many as 37 points with four minutes to play.

Cumberland plays its final two home games of the season next week, taking on Shawnee State on Thursday at 6 p.m. and the University of Rio Grande on Saturday at 2 p.m. Senior Day activities for Casie Cowan and Allen will take place after the game on Saturday.

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Katie Smith

Cumberland Women hoops falls at the Cumberlands

Posted on 20 February 2014 by Allen

Katie Smith

Cumberland scored the first 10 points of the second half and pulled within six with 12:32 remaining, but Cumberland could not overcome a horrific first-half shooting performance and dropped a 69-51 victory to 23rd-ranked University of the Cumberlands in women’s basketball action here Thursday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

The Bulldogs (9-14, 5-10 Mid-South) shot just 23 percent from the field in the opening half and trailed 37-18 at the break, as the Patriots (17-9, 11-5) jumped out to an 11-2 advantage and then used a 16-0 spurt later in the period to build a 24-point lead in the period.

Cumberland played much better in the second half, with Casie Cowan hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Katie Smith adding two buckets. Brooke Forsythe answered with a pair of long-range 2-pointers and two free throws for the Patriots, part of her 25-point, 10-rebound effort.

But the Bulldogs continued to push, netting the next nine points, with an old-fashioned 3-point play by Smith and field goals from TaCouya Allen, Calamity Jane Coley and Cowan, the last one a layup that cut the deficit to 43-37 with 12:32 remaining. Lynnae Lampkins’ fourth trifecta of the contest, this one from well beyond the arc, seemed to settle the Cumberlands offensively and started a 12-4 run for the home team, with Jill Herman nailing a 3-pointer during the stretch for UC.

The Patriots connected on 8-of-15 shots from behind the arc, including 4-of-5 by Lampkins. She finished with 12 points, while Jackie Alexander hit two 3-pointers and posted 15 points. Forsythe hit 10-of-17 shots overall from the field.

Smith led the Bulldogs with 14 points, 12 in the second half, while Cowan recorded 13 points and Allen had 12 with seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs started the game 1-for-5 from the field with four turnovers while the Patriots knocked down three 3-pointers in the first four minutes, jumping out to an 11-2 advantage. Lampkins and Alexander both hit two trifectas in the early going and Julie Haye’s putback gave the Cumberlands a 19-9 lead just seven minutes into the game.

Field goals by Cowan and Tasia Blue cut the deficit to eight, but Forsythe netted eight of the next 10 points for UC and a third 3-pointer in the half by Lampkins made it 35-11 for the Patriots. Terra Pryor knocked down a triple and added a layup the next two trips for CU, but Alexander’s floater at the end of the shot clock put UC ahead, 37-18, at the break.

Cumberland plays its final road game of the season Saturday at eighth-ranked Georgetown College at 1 p.m. Central Time.

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